Police investigating after local minister finds vehicle vandalized

(Western Mass News photo)

A Springfield man awoke Thursday morning to what he believes is a threat written on his car. Now, he fears for his family's safety as police investigate.

It was a typical Thursday morning for Nehemiah Maxwell and his family - that is until he left for work and saw graffiti on his car.

Maxwell said that this is the second incident with his van in less than a day. Yesterday, he came outside to four slashed tires.

"That is part of what bothers me, is who would do this? and why?" Maxwell noted.

The graffiti read "Exodus 2015, 72 hours, you know".

Maxwell is a minister in the city and thought first of a line in the Exodus 2015 biblical passage "Thou shalt not steal", but he doesn't know what to make of the rest.

"To me, it's a threat, but the purpose? I have no idea, no clue. I don't bother anybody, I work hard, it's just go to work, come home, be with my family, that's it," Maxwell said.

Maxwell's only thought is back to an incident he witnessed at a park down the street weeks earlier, but there is no way to know for sure.

"I witnessed some criminal activity, some guys breaking into a car," Maxwell explained.

Maxwell reported the incident and the thieves license plate to the police, but they have not been found. He is upset just looking at his van, but more worried for the safety of his family.

"Concerned for my family, my wife. I got a six month old and I am on the road a lot, I go to Canada almost twice a week," Maxwell added.

Springfield police came to the house and spoke with Maxwell this morning and said that they will be keeping an extra eye out on a relatively quiet neighborhood.

"When it is of a threatening nature, and it's a citizen, we take it very seriously. Police officers were there taking reports, we have investigators looking into it," said Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney.

Springfield police urge all residents that if you do see something suspicious, something threatening at your home or in your neighborhood, don't hesitate to contact your local police.

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